Agriculture

Agriculture is one of the most dangerous industries to work in. 

Everyone who works in agriculture must have the right skills to carry out their work safely and meet their work health and safety (WHS) duties. As a person conducting a business or undertaking, you have a duty to keep workers and your workplace safe from risks from agriculture work. 

The agriculture industry includes businesses that: 

  • grow and cultivate horticultural and other crops (except forestry) 

  • breed, raise or farm animals (except aquaculture). 

Working in agriculture 

Agriculture is one of the most dangerous industries to work because of its combination of hazards, including: 

  • plant, such as tractors, motorbikes and quad bikes 

  • chemicals, such as pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers   

  • noise  

  • dust  

  • outdoor work, leading to exposure to sun and varying weather conditions, and 

  • working with animals. 

It often involves working alone or in remote areas, which can increase WHS risks. 

To work safely, it’s important to: